Johannesburg, South Africa — MININGREVIEW.COM — 13 May 2010 – South Africa’s biggest mineworkers’ union “’ the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) “’ has submitted a list of demands for its 2010 wage negotiations with diversified South African miner Exxaro Resources.
In making its submission, the NUM said the demands were on behalf of its members employed by Exxaro at the Grootgeluk, Inyanda, Leewpan and Tshikondeni operations.
The union is demanding a 15% across the board wage increment and that the company should equalise, among others, the housing allowance, con-ops, shift allowance, hours of work, standby allowance, grading and transport allowance.
“We are requesting that the company address these issues and we hope that it will understand that we are attempting to build an egalitarian society” said Eddie Majadibodu, the NUM’s chief negotiator at Exxaro.
“We have not yet reached a stage of demanding in the real sense of the word “’ we are requesting, but if the request is not attended to, of course we will start demanding,” he added.
The NUM further asked Exxaro to address all outstanding issues of the past three years within four months of entering into the 2010 wage agreement.